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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam

The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.

Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.

Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!

Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.

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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "Mr. James Adam" <>
Reply-To: "Mr. James Adam" <>
Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2014 16:36:05 +0000 (UTC)

Attention Please,
I have registered your inheritance  fund $1.5Million ATM MASTER CARD with DHL
COMPANY this morning and we agreed up that the delivery of your ATM Card
will take off tomorrow morning, So reconfirm your delivery address to DHL dispatch officer
Dr.John Ben and ask him what else needed to deliver your package to your residence.

Below is the information to contact him :

Contact Dr. John Ben
Tel:+234 8068728242

Contact him urgently because I will not be at office till Nov.30th, 2014.the amount in your Card is US$1.5 Million and your Pin code is: (0689)
Thank You for your patience all this while during the processing of your ATM card.

Mr. James Adam

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